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Heart Shaped Brownies

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 9- 12 brownies 1x
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Make these Heart Shaped Brownies for a simple Valentine’s Day treat! They are a delicious dessert for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year!


Ingredients

Scale

FOR THE BROWN BUTTER BROWNIES

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process or unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE ICING

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (leave it at room temperature for at least an hour before making)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or strawberry juice (from 12 frozen, thawed strawberries)
  • red food coloring (optional)

FOR DECORATION

  • sprinkles, optional
  • powdered sugar, for sprinkling
  • cocoa powder, for sprinkling

Instructions

FOR THE BROWN BUTTER BROWNIES

  1. Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper leaving enough to hang from the sides. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. (For thinner brownies, use a 9 x 13 inch pan and preheat oven to 350 F. 
  2. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Use a light colored pan if possible as this will help you better notice the butter change color. Stir it constantly. It will start to foam. Continue stirring as you watch for it to turn to a light, amber color then a medium brown and develop a nutty smell which should happen in about five minutes. Pour the brown butter over the chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted completely. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the sugars, eggs and vanilla on high speed until mixture has thickened and lightened in color, about 3-4 minutes .
  6. With the mixer on low, slowly stream in the slightly cooled chocolate and brown butter mixture.
  7. Stir in the dry ingredients til just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and use a spatula or offset spatula to evenly spread out the brownies and smooth out the top. For brownies in a 9 x 9 inch pan, bake at 325 for 40- 50 minutes until a toothpick when inserted in the center comes out clean and with only a few crumbs. For brownies baked in a 9 x 13 inch pan, bake at 350 for 26 to 30 minutes. Keep in mind the brownies will continue to cook slightly when out of the oven, so do not over bake them. Place pan on a wire rack and allow brownies to cool completely in the pan. 
  9. Once cooled, lift up on the sides of the parchment paper to transfer brownies to a cutting board. Cut out the hearts. Leave hearts as is or to make a “heart sandwich,” ut the hearts in half using a long, sharp knife. Pipe or spread frosting on the bottom heart. If desired, use a smaller heart cookie cutter to cut a heart shape out of the top half. Place the heart outline on top of the frosted bottom half. Cover the frosting with sprinkles or leave as is!
  10. Alternatively, you can cut out heart shapes and dust them with powdered sugar or drizzle them with chocolate ganache, dulce de leche or caramel sauce! 

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE ICING

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and butter on medium speed for one minute until creamed and combined. Mix in the vanilla or strawberry juice then turn the mixer on low and gradually mix in the powdered sugar.

Keywords: brownies, brown butter, browned butter, chocolate, chocolate chips, valentines day, icing, frosting, cream cheese